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Arnold Little House
115 Cove Road, Wellfleet


For the right person, the Arnolds' Little House will be like a pebble on the beach that you pick up on a whim and save forever.
Unlike our other listings, the cottage is small, plain, and sensually understated, with minimal décor. This cottage is waiting for people who want to spend some time looking inward, maybe to awaken a dormant talent or revive old memories, or for those attending the Institute, to whom the Arnolds offer a $50/week discount.

The Little House is a simple, but intimate guest cottage which has not changed in many ways since the Arnold family bought their Wellfleet summer home and adjacent cabin over three quarters of a century ago. The rooms are painted in subdued pastels to match its natural surroundings. The airy bedroom has windows on three walls, including a row of high windows that let out rising heat, an early form of "air conditioning" once used in many Cape cottages. As seen in the picture, it has twin beds, but these can be combined into a king-sized bed on request for a small fee. The living room has basic cable TV; one end serves as a dining area. The kitchen is a separate pullman-style room with a vintage appearance and modern convenience. It leads to a small private back deck for morning coffee, an outside “shore shower” for rinsing off beach sand and salt, and the back yard, a spacious sitting area where lawn blends with scrub pines and locusts for mottled sunlight. The screened porch in front allows filtered light from three directions. A small private library of Cape Cod books can be made available for study; ask at the owner's summer home next door.

For many years, one of the guests in the Little House was Clare Leighton, author and wood engraver. While staying there she wrote Where Land Meets Sea, whose characters are based on the Arnold family. Artist Louise C. Boyer also stayed with the Arnolds for several summers during her creative years. This is a cottage made for dreamers and doers. Share it with family or a friend and it
will shelter you while you explore the area, but come alone if you want to sit and listen to the stories the wind tells of its travels and hear the secrets whispered by the pine trees. Spend a restful week or stay longer to truly become a part of the nature and history of Cape Cod and capture her story to share in print or on canvas.


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